Chris "Hairculese" Rider is an international professional performing strongman and speaker. Whether performing entertainment only shows or pairing his Oldetime Strength Feats with a motivational message, Hairculese delivers a memorable performance.
Hairculese is experienced in large settings such as corporate grand openings, as well as exclusive private parties.
Feats performed by this multiple world record holding strongman include tearing phonebooks, license plates, & decks of cards, breaking baseball bats, twisting horseshoes, and bending a wide array of steel including wrenches and hammers. Signature feats of strength include breaking chains and towing trucks with his hair!
Chris was a powerful, inspiring, and truly humbling experience. To hear Chris's story was priceless.
It was so much more than a strong man getting up and bending stuff. Even this morning at my gym the secretary said I heard your Men's Breakfast was awesome. I asked how she knew about it, and she said one of the guys in her Bible Study was there, invited by his son, and could not stop sharing about it at his church.
People need to hear and see this man.
Don't pass up the chance!!
All 65 men were impacted that morning. Many came to me today at church and said how wonderful and how much it was amazing what Chris does and wow's you, but more than that it's the power of God working through this man.
Chris presented to our leadership team and his message and delivery was outstanding. It was amazing to witness how powerful focusing/visualization can be.
Feats of strength that are as impressive as his personality! Is there anything that this man...or should I say, Superman can't bend, break, rip or pull? I think not! When you work with Hairculese you know you're getting the best strongman on the market today.
Chris Rider is a multi-world record holder and master Oldetime Strongman in the direct line of the Oldetime strength legends such as the Mighty Atom, Slim the Hammerman, and Dennis Rogers. The combination of his amazing, world class feats of strength and his inspirational messages make him a crowd pleaser for any age audience/setting. Chris's presentation style and easy going demeanor allows the audience to relate to what he performs, leaving the audience edified, motivated, and inspired to achieve their own goals and dreams.
Chris Rider is carrying on the tradition of old time strongmen with style and with impressive strength.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 20 - 60 minutes
What to Expect
The client should expect an interactive performance of feats of strength many consider to not be possible leaving the audience with a memorable experience of the event.
In the fall of 2000 Chris Rider decided to get involved with fitness. Starting out weighing an out of shape 315 pounds while standing 6'04", he worked diligently over the course of 1 year to become a fit 220 pounds! Enjoying his newfound athleticism, Chris was exploring different types of training and soon was introduced to powerlifting. Chris enjoyed the new challenges that powerlifting had to offer as well as the increase in muscular size and strength.
Late in 2002 however, a medical condition put a detour on his training journey. An orthopedic surgeon had diagnosed Chris with degenerative and herniated disks in his back. He had been recommended prescriptions and surgery to relieve the injury and was told no more lifting. Chris declined the recommendations and sought to treat the problem with more natural means. After gaining multiple opinions on his condition, Chris chose to treat his injury with chiropractic care, inversion, strict exercise, and nutrition. At only six weeks after diagnosis Chris was back in the gym performing the powerlifting movements that had become a way of life for him.
After achieving the goals in powerlifting he had set for himself he redirected his efforts back to a more fitness oriented training routine in 2005. Nearly a year later in October 2006 a friend of his was telling Chris about a TV program where someone ripped a phonebook in half. Knowing that Chris was strong from working with him, his friend asked him if he could do it too. At the request of his friend, Chris Rider ripped a phonebook in half the first time he tried it! From that moment on Chris was hooked on Oldetime Strength Feats! He began trying all sorts of feats from tearing decks of playing cards to rolling up frying pans into a tube shape to twisting horseshoes, all of which were successful first attempts for him!
Since discovering his ability to perform feats of strength, Chris has been building a long list of accomplishments in his field. Some of these are bending 6", 8", & 10" adjustable wrenches into "S" shapes by hand. Setting world records for both phonebook and license plate tearing. Performing for a wide range of venues large and small in the US and Europe. Leading the resurgence of the Coney Island Strongmen. Chris has become known as "Hairculese" for the feats he performs with his long red hair such as towing trucks and airplanes & breaking chains. Hairculese has been featured in many media outlets such as TV's Science Channel, The Washington Post, The New York Post, The New York Times, Time Out New York, and The Wall Street Journal to name a few.
In 2011 Chris and his protg were approached by a NY film company about making a feature documentary. Since the 2013 World Premier at Tribeca Film Festival, "Bending Steel" has been touring film festivals throughout the United States and across the world to fantastic reviews and has received many awards.
From an unlikely beginning of being out of shape and overweight, to becoming a physical culture enthusiast, to overcoming injury, and on to becoming one of today's top performing strongmen - Chris "Hairculese" Rider, speaker and entertainer.
Additional Booking Notes
A table to set up items used during the performance is required. For venues requiring the use of a PA system, Chris will need a microphone - preferably a wireless hands free mic.
Past Booked Events
|May 03, 2014||Religious Celebration|
|April 15, 2014||Corporate Event|
The set list varies from performance to performance due to venue setting and performance length. Feats may include phonebook tearing, playing card tearing, license plate tearing, horseshoe twisting, spike bending, tool bending such as wrenches and hammers, sledge hammer leverage lifting, chain breaking, nail driving by hand, and frying pan rolling among others. Signature feats such as pulling a truck with hair available venue permitting for an additional fee. Above feats can be paired with a motivational message or as a stand alone entertainment show.
|Chris "Hairculese" Rider||Strongman|
Influences & Inspiration
The performance is influenced by the Oldetime vaudevillian style strongman show with a modern delivery.
Microphone wireless hands free preferred
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